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Sri Lanka Seeks Ways to Turn El Niño Pain into Gain for Farmers

Rice farmer Weerasinghearchchilage Darmarathana is used to periodic flooding in his low-lying village of Galella in central Sri Lanka. The 60-year-old has lived all his life on the flood plains of the country's longest river, the Mahaweli, in Polonnaruwa District, some 250 km (155.34 miles) northeast of the capital Colombo. "It used to be maybe twice, three times a year the road would go under, but the last year has been insane," said the paddy farmer. In his...

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